[drmaa-wg] Fwd: William Fellows on the Year Ahead in Grid Computing
peter.troeger at hpi.uni-potsdam.de
Mon Jan 23 15:16:29 CST 2006
Here an excerpt from GRIDtoday. For me, DRMAA seems to be a perfect
counter-example ;-) ...
> SPECIAL FEATURES
> [ ] M545661 ) William Fellows on the Year Ahead in Grid Computing
> By Derrick Harris, Editor
> Gt: What can we expect in the field of standards throughout the
> Will the oft-maligned standards community finally get its act
> and develop some widely adoptable standards?
> FELLOWS: The world of standards has contributed very little to
> commercial, enterprise Grid computing. The proliferation of Grid
> industry bodies only means more confusion, not less, and has
> momentum. The standards that do exist today are not relevant and
> is no evidence that standards are being used in implementations or
> that any product is being built using them. If grids can find a
> in one of the open source stacks, such as LAMP, it would undoubtedly
> help further adoption.
> Gt: Where do end-users play into the standards debate? Will we begin
> to see a strong interoperability push from major end-users?
> FELLOWS: Looking at actual implementations, early adopters don't
> appear -- by and large -- to care much about standards, except those
> de facto ones that reign in particular markets such as Oracle and
> Linux. But, ask early adopters what they want, and they typically
> standardization of the stack and APIs like data input/output. They
> want one set of standards and one stack. Not multiple. They say the
> growing number of Grid industry bodies suggests confusion and
> complexity in approach, not standardization.
> In some sectors, there are de facto standards, but there is no Grid
> stack yet. In other sectors, users are pressuring suppliers to
> integrate. Major banks have asked Platform Computing and DataSynapse
> to create a plan to allow their respective middleware to share
> resources. Presently, the two require dedicated resources.
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